Camden Hills wins two recent ice battlesWindjammers settle in for regular-season stretch run, regional playoffs
Rockport — The Camden Hills ice hockey team started the season 9-0-1 and then hit a small bump in the ice with three losses in four games, but the Windjammers rebounded nicely in a pair of recent contests, including a 6-3 win over Waterville on Monday, Feb. 17 at Colby College in Waterville and an 8-0 home victory over Maranacook/Winthrop on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (12-3-1, 91.0108 points) is third, while Gorham (14-3, 104, 2593 points) is first and Greely of Cumberland (7-7-3, 93.4799 points) second in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Windjammers have two regular-season games remaining, both home contests at MRC, against Kennebunk on Wedneday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m at MRC and against Yarmouth on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
The game with Kennebunk is a makeup from Saturday, Feb. 15, as that contest has been postponed due to incoming inclement weather. That Feb. 15 game originally was scheduled for 6 p.m.
The following is a recap of Camden Hills' past two contests:
Camden Hills 6, Waterville 3
At Colby College in Waterville Feb. 17, the Windjammers doubled up the Purple Panthers and prevailed by six goals. Camden Hills led 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second period, while Waterville outscored the visitors 3-2 in the final period.
Jack Orne had two goals and two assists to lead the Windjammers, while Grayson Szumilas added one goal and two assists; Simon Lydon, goal and two assists; James Annis, two goals; Jonah Cameron, two assists; Kieran Lydon, assist; and Nick Tassoni, assist.
Nick Denis scored two goals and added an assist for the Purple Panthers, while Chris Lee had a goal and two assists. Andrew Rodrigue and Michael Oliveria each added assists in the loss.
Jet Magri made 19 saves in net for Camden Hills, while Kaleb Kane made 27 saves for Waterville. The Windjammers attempted 33 shots, including nine in the first and second periods along with 15 in the third; while the Purple Panthers attempted 22 shots, including 11 in the first period, four in the second and seven in the third.
Both teams were 0-of-3 in power-play opportunities.
Camden Hills had three minor penalties and one major for 16 minutes, while Waterville had three minor penalties for six minutes.
“Defensively we were kind of up and down at times throughout the game,” said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. “Waterville plays a very aggressive style of hockey so they will test you to defend. Fortunately for us goalie Jet Magri was able to make some nice saves and we managed to withstand some other near-misses by Waterville by just playing really hard, supporting one another, and not allowing many multiple or second-chance scoring opportunities.”
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 11:23 goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas backhand shot skating across the low slot.
CH 2-0 at 0:55 goal — Orne (assists Szumilas, Simon Lydon). Lydon skated the puck into the zone down the right wing side and passed to Szumilas driving the net. Szumilas passed back to Orne, skated down the slot and fired a hard shot past Kane.
CH 3-0 at 5:27 goal — Simon Lydon (assists Kieran Lydon, Jack Orne). Simon Lydon shot from the right slot area.
CH 4-0 at 4:07 goal — Annis (assists Cameron). Annis turned around and fired a top-shelf shot from the bottom edge of the right face off circle.
W 4-1 at 12:14 goal — Denis (assist Rodrigue, Lee). Denis received a stretch pass through the neutral zone and skated past a Windjammer defender scoring on a breakaway forehand shot.
W 4-2 at 11:58 goal — Denis (assist Lee). Denis skated down the right wing side and fired a wrist shot that eluded Magri.
CH 5-2 at 11:08 goal — Orne (assists Szumilas and Simon Lydon). Orne skated hard down the left side, got some separation from a Waterville defender, cut across the slot from right to left and slid the puck past Kane.
CH 6-2 at 10:33 goal — Annis (assists Cameron, Tassoni). Tassoni and Cameron break out the puck and found Annis through the neutral zone, who skated hard and shot past Kane.
W 6-3 at 7:34 goal — Lee (assists Denis, Oliviera). Lee wrist shot from the mid-slot.
Camden Hills 8, Maranacook-Winthrop 0
At MRC Feb. 12, the Windjammers shut out the visitors and prevailed by eight goals. Camden Hills led 2-0 after the first period, four more in the second period and two in the third.
James Annis netted four goals to lead the Windjammers, while Simon Lydon added two goals and one assist; Grayson Szumilas, goal and two assists; Jack Orne, goal and three assists; Simon Lydon, assist; and Nick Bennett, assist.
Jet Magri made 16 saves in net for Camden Hills, while Josh Ehirobo made 36 saves for Maranacook/Winthrop. The hosts attempted 16 first-period shots, 15 second-period shots and 13 third-period shots for a total of 44 shots; while the visitors attempted five shots in the first period, four in the second and seven in the third for a total of 16 shots.
Both teams were 0-of-4 in power-play opportunities.
Camden Hills had four minor penalties for eight minutes, while Maranacook/Winthrop had four minor penalties and a major misconduct for 18 penalty minutes.
Enroth said his squad “seemed to have a little more skip in their stride” and the team “played with more energy than our previous games.”
“I thought James Annis and Kieran Lydon gave the team an boost offensively connecting on several goals tonight especially early in the game,” he said. “The defensive unit and goaltending were solid tonight.”
Annis had two first-period goals to put the hosts up two goals through the first seven minutes of the game, while Simon Lydon pushed the hosts' lead to three goals less than two minutes into the second period. The floodgates opened from there as Camden Hills netted five more goals over the remainder of the game, two more of which came from Annis.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 13:17 goal — Annis (assists Kieran Lydon, Cameron). Lydon centered a pass from the left boards to Annis, who fired a quick wrist shot into the net.
CH 2-0 at 9:38 goal — Annis (assist Kieran Lydon). Annis scored from the net front.
CH 3-0 at 13:35 goal — Simon Lydon (assists Orne, Szumilas). Lydon turned to his forehand in the mid-slot and fired a low shot right post side past Ehirobo.
CH 4-0 at 12:21 goal — Annis (assist Lydon). Annis wrist shot.
CH 5-0 at 9:34 goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas quick wrist shot from the mid-slot.
CH 6-0 at 4:26 goal — Orne (assists Kieran Lydon, Simon Lydon). Orne from the top of the crease backhand shot top-shelf.
CH 7-0 at 12:00 goal — Annis (assist Bennett). Annis skated from left to right across the slot, shot top shelf through a screen of players in front of Ehirobo.
CH 8-0 at 1:44 goal — Simon Lydon (assists Szumilas, Orne). Lydon knocked in a loose puck in front of the net.